June 8, 2014

petitepasserine:

white women of hollywood, reducing japan and japanese culture to cupcakes, sexy ”costumes” and submissive sex-kittens since god knows when

It is interesting that in the 10-year span between Gwen Stefani and 'her Harajuku girls' to Lavigne’s embarrassing Hello Kitty video, people seem to have become more vocally reactionary to this level of racism-fail.

OTOH, it might also be because the public’s always harboured a sort of low-level disdain for the entire entertainment persona of Avril Lavigne.  So this idiotic video is exactly the downfall the public was looking for to tear her down.  People love finding SOME reason to tear down celebrity women, after all.  Avril handed hers to the public herself.

Whereas Gwen Stefani has always been hailed as a musical artist worthy of respect and admiration, so her Orientalism and racism sailed on by with barely any critique in 2004.  I remember that she was actually praised in interviews, while she continually treated the ‘Harajuku girls’ like mindless non-human props.

And then there’s Katy Perry, whose entire act is touting how much she’s chock-full of irony and greater understanding of parody!!!  The public buys into this falsehood and therefore her staged edginess gives her a ‘free pass’ to be racist. For the sake of ‘irony’!!

So yeah the idea that ‘your fave is problematic’ is something more people need to think about and understand. Ten years of this bullshit and nothing’s changed.

March 6, 2014

blondesforreagan:

thinksquad:

Today marks the anniversary of FDR signing executive order 9066, which authorized the “indefinite detention” of nearly 150,000 people on American soil.

The order authorized the Secretary of War and the U.S. Army to create military zones “from which any or all persons may be excluded.” The order left who might be excluded to the military’s discretion. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt inked his name to EO9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, it opened the door for the roundup of some 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese citizens living along the west coast of the U.S. and their imprisonment in concentration camps. In addition, between 1,200 and 1,800 people of Japanese descent watched the war from behind barbed wire fences in Hawaii. Of those interned, 62 percent were U.S. citizens. The U.S. government also caged around 11,000 Americans of German ancestry and some 3,000 Italian-Americans.

cannot stress the horror enough.  

This happened in Canada as well.  It was a racist decision to forcibly strip Japanese-Canadians of their land and property and of their livelihood via fear-mongering propaganda.   In the end, these interned Japanese-Canadians lost everything because white Canadians wanted to have it all.  White Canadians wanted to purposely deny non-white Canadians any rights to land, wealth, power, humanity and freedom.

(via acceber74)

February 21, 2014
The Problem With Little White Girls (and Boys)

(Source: scribblingface)

December 11, 2012
wake up in the morning -

- and find surprise!racism on my dash.

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it’s too fucking early for this, I haven’t even had coffee. I dunno what to do.  I know ‘the right thing’ is to speak to the person privately about it (I’m sorta online fandomy friends with them and it’s obviously a case of ignorant racist reblogging and they are someone I /want/ to interact with further) but I’m already anticipating the white supremist tirade of ‘well that wasn’t my intent’ and  ’why are you calling me a racist, you’re the racist for calling me racist’ and - my favourite - ‘we don’t have that here and therefore it’s not racist, it’s just funny’. 

sigh.

maybe in a few hours I’ll be able to say something. in the meantime, I’ll just walk around with surprise!racism cloud over my head. 

March 29, 2012
"I am a woman of colour with a deep – almost unhealthy – love of popular culture. It is a love that is sorely tested in the face of such prejudice when I am told, loudly and with few qualms, that the stories of people who look like me just aren’t viable in a specific universe. It is often explicitly stated by my co-fans that I am not – ever – what they picture when they read these books or hear about these movies. The language may be coded: “She’s not how I imagined” or, in the case of interracial couple Sam and Mercedes on TV’s Glee, slightly more explicit: “They don’t look right together, like, they don’t … fit.” But the message is clear. We get to be supporting characters – the redshirts – or the villains. But heroes? Um, no. That would make things too … ethnic."

Bim Adewunmi, in a moving editorial for The Guardian (UK)


I’m trying to imagine how white supremacists would argue against this. ‘Make your own, then’? Oh right. Because the solution to having a top-heavy white network and movie execs, producers, writers, directors etc is to segregate media and the audience consuming it.

This is a really really good article.

(Source: Guardian, via powergirl)

March 25, 2012
When POC characters are turned white: this isin't about race, if you think it is then you're the racist one, lets just enjoy the book/film as it is, this is about the character's personality god you're so sensitive, the new skin tone actually fits the character's personality IMO, I never imagined them as POC anyway, not all whitewashing is racist god get over it!!111
When white characters are turned into POC: omg how could they!?!?!? this is soooo racist and unfair! why cant they present that white character as WHITE, how dare they change the original skin color to suit their own terms! this is reverse racism!! this is about race! I NEVER imaged that white character to be a POC that is so weird, it doesn't fit, this is political correctness gone crazy!!
When POC characters stay POC but readers/viewers imagined them as white: THIS IS SO WRONG. This isn't how they looked. i don't care what it says in the booooook because i imagined they lookd different. ugh the film is ruined now. Ruined.
March 24, 2012
Anonymous asked: Cinna’s description is also racially ambicious (even thought he is supposed to have green eyes), and they cast Lenny Kravitz. They chose him because they thought he was the right choice, and, judging by what everybody is saying, they were right. Maybe the same applies to Lawrence: they chose her simply because of her talent. Is it too naïve of me to think like this? Also, what do you mean by “specifying that whites only need apply for the role”? Did the studio only let white people audition? :O

canering:

Yes, the casting call for Katniss specified “Caucasian only” even though Katniss is racially ambiguous, and arguably, the story would have more political resonance if she were played by a woman of color. Many children of color looked up to Katniss as a rare role model that actually looked like them.

Sadly, it is naïve to think that the people and stories we see in the media are selected based on talent and merit alone. It just doesn’t work that way. We live in a racist society. And by racist, I don’t mean individual acts of meanness. I mean we live in a society that systematically privileges Whiteness.

This is off-topic, but I think the Trayvon Martin case gives a good example of how racism works in our society. George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin because he was a racist. That’s an individual action. But the way that the police and the media responded - by giving Zimmerman the benefit of the doubt, by letting him walk free, by criticizing Trayvon for wearing a hoodie - that shows the deeper, systematic racism that works on a political level.

And that is the kind of institutional racism that excludes people of color from participating in the media, from getting their stories told, from auditioning for major roles. It’s not just about who is more talented or suited for an individual role, it’s about how the system denies access to talented PoC from even having a fair or equal chance in the first place. Representation matters.

Jennifer Lawrence is incredibly talented, and she is also a rising star. It was a smart choice for the studio. But it also sends a message, that yet again, mainstream audiences cannot be expected to identify with a WoC protagonist. Viola Davis, an amazingly talented actress, simply cannot find roles because they are not written for women of color. And even in racially neutral roles, like the role of Katniss, they are excluded. The makeup artists had to actually darken the skin and hair of Jennifer Lawrence to make her look more like the book description. The studio would rather do that, than actually cast a WoC.

Here is another good post about some of the racism involved in the casting process for THG. I also suggest clicking on the links that I’ve provided, they are pretty informative.

Hope that helps.

March 2, 2012
stfuconservatives:

racebending:

A screenshot from Racebending.com’s most recent article on blackface and the Oscars, showcasing the differential impact of different casting practices on different groups.  Click here to read the entire article:  Academy Awards 2012: Putting Blackface in Context.

This is a great article and you should read it.

stfuconservatives:

racebending:

A screenshot from Racebending.com’s most recent article on blackface and the Oscars, showcasing the differential impact of different casting practices on different groups.  Click here to read the entire article:  Academy Awards 2012: Putting Blackface in Context.

This is a great article and you should read it.

(via palaceofposey)

March 1, 2012
Actual, slightly-to-totally racist reactions I’ve heard to hunger games casting:

raptorific:

These are, for the sake of space, paraphrased versions of the original arguments that I’ve seen floating around the internet, and some have been reworded to make them clearer. Included is my own commentary on why exactly each is racist, although most of them don’t need much explanation.  

I talk about a couple character deaths in here, but I don’t think that really needs spoiler warning for a book that warns you on the BOOK JACKET that pretty much everyone dies. If you’re still worried about spoilers, don’t read ahead!

Here’s the thing. Rue and Thresh were made black for a very specific reason. Even though the books are not about race, they are there to show that race is still very much an issue in this world. Almost the entirety of District 11 is black, and they’re forced to do all agricultural duties (which mirrors some of the most evil parts of America’s history). So in this case, it doesn’t really matter whether you PICTURED the characters as black, because they were all-but-explicitly described as such, and there was a REASON for it. The difference between casting Rue and Thresh as black and casting a traditionally white character like Sgt. Nick Fury as black is that there is no reason Nick Fury CAN’T be played by Samuel L. Jackson. There’s no reason the character SHOULDN’T be black. Rue and Thresh, however, have EVERY reason to be cast as black, because their race has a message behind it. If you whitewash these characters, you’re losing one of the major points behind District 11, which is to show that the Capitol isn’t above that kind of racism. And the fact is, the casting of this movie isn’t done to please you. It’s done to tell the story the way the author intended it, and if you whitewash those roles, you’re removing part of her story.

And yet, from the same people: 

So when the actor in question is black, playing a black character, you should have instead cast a white actor to “please more people,” but when the actor is white, playing a non-white character, the actor’s race doesn’t matter as long as they’re a good actor? This isn’t Lawrence Olivier playing Othello, people. This is trying to whitewash roles in which it is important to the story for them to be black, just because you personally didn’t pick up on the way they were described.

I already did a long post on this one, explaining how it’s a bit racist to think a black guy with an afro CAN’T be charming and handsome, and very prejudicial to say that with an Afro, he doesn’t look “Normal” enough to play Cinna, even though an Afro is the normal, natural way his hair grows.

It doesn’t, though, is the thing. “White” is not the default race for all people. Collins went out of her way to make sure Cinna could be perceived as any race. In his case, it doesn’t matter what race he is. He’s the catalyst for the entire revolution, arguably the most important character in the entire series, and it’s good that you don’t know what race he is, because that’s not what matters about him.

However, in a movie form, it’s impossible to make someone completely racially ambiguous unless you hide them completely (think V for Vendetta), because you have to have an actual actor stand in there, and that associates the actor’s race with the character’s. Which brings me back to the original point, “racially ambiguous” does not mean the same thing as “white.” A white person isn’t raceless, and so a raceless character should not NECESSARILY be cast as white. I’m not saying you CAN’T cast a white actor in the role, it just shouldn’t be taken as read that if you don’t know what race a character is, they should automatically be white. If you don’t know what race a character is, it shouldn’t matter what race the actor is.

First, I would like to direct everyone to something called the “Clark Doll experiment.” For those of you who don’t know, the Doll Test was a psychological experiment done in the 1940s in which children, both black and white, were seated at a table with two baby dolls, identical in every way except one: one was black and one was white. The children were then asked which doll they would like to play with (and why), and which doll was “the good doll” and “the bad doll” (again, and why). The children almost always selected the white doll to play with, labeled it the good doll, and called the black doll “the bad doll.” When asked why, the answers were almost all racial: the good doll was good because it was white, and the bad doll was bad because it was black. The test was repeated in 2006 with the exact same results. 

However, some of you may be thinking “maybe the girl actually does look devious. Some little kids are mischievous trouble-makers, and that doesn’t have anything to do with race, that’s just kids being playful. Let’s make sure by taking a look at the girl in question:

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Christ! That is the sweetest little girl I have ever seen. “Devious” may be in the bottom 10 words I would use to describe this girl. She looks like she’d feel guilty if she took two candies out of a halloween bucket that said “take one.” If you asked me to describe this girl in three words, it would be “sweet,” “innocent,” and “Rue.” It is tearing me up inside right now knowing that I am going to have to watch this little angel die. I just don’t see how anyone could look at that little girl and think “devious” without some kind of discriminatory component. That just baffles my mind. 

I do want to point out that these are all actual reactions I’ve seen people have to this casting. Sure, I rephrased them to make sure they fit on the picture, but they haven’t really been altered all that much. 

By the way, I can totally understand if people don’t like Lenny Kravitz because of his acting skill. That’s a fair objection to have, not everyone likes every actor. However, when you more or less come out and say “I am against it because he is black,” you lose the right to complain when someone calls you racist. 

Wow, I’m getting The Last Airbender flashbacks all over again. The same damn arguments every single time. Still framed in the ‘bawwww it’s so unfair that white people aren’t cast as everyone, forever, always, bawwwwww’ whine. Still with the ‘non-white people shouldn’t be cast in mainstream movies!’ whine.   Still with the ‘I dunno, non-white people just look…weird and not right for these characters as I evnisioned them in my head’ whine.  

All the decades of trying to get equal and fair media representation for PoC?  Has to fight with what’s above, all the time.  Networks and publishers and producers and executives cater only to the lowest common denominator in order to maximize the greatest profit. And the lowest common denominator is racist and proud of it.

February 25, 2012
the one word all brown people hate

baddominicana:

almondskeyes:

exotic

i used to like it. it made me feel special. before i realized that it actually means you are deviant from “normal”. and that the unspoken “norm” you are set up against happens to be a white one…

YES. I HATE IT SO MUCH.  I….SPIT ON IT.  

(Source: qawiya, via discovercat)

January 26, 2012
here is truth

jedifreac:

After three years of working on Racebending.com I am not sure if I should be excited by how fiercely and rapidly the fandom can and will break down why the film was problematic, or sad that years and years later, the same excuses and apologetics get trotted out over and over.

It’s hard, sometimes, to stand in a sea of A:TLA fandom and not know if I am surrounded by supporters of our efforts to fight discrimination in entertainment media, or people who view this subversion as traitorous to our fandom identity. Apparently, the good fan is docile, and “calms down” and doesn’t clog the Korra tag with ‘frivolous’ or ‘irrelevant’ commentary. Even if the commentary is about a serious thing that happened to a franchise we all love. Even if media critique is an essential part of fandom.

The reality is that the “The Last Airbender” film replicated the same oppressions and casting barriers faced by Bruce Lee. It replicated the same systemic discriminations—systemic racism, yes, racism—that Mako Iwamatsu, the late voice actor of Uncle Iroh, spent his entire career fighting. I cannot presume to speak for the dead, but I am reasonably certain both of them would have supported the fans against the casting, were they still alive. Or perhaps they would have been saddened to see these casting patterns still happening, and the people still denying, in 2010?

The Mako that Korra’s Mako is named after spoke out directly against these practices. Would you dare tell him that he was “too sensitive”? Would you tell Bruce Lee he was “making a big deal out of nothing?” Yet, merely having to scroll past those speaking out against racism on the Korra tag is a prohibitive inconvenience to those who view themselves as the “true” fans.

January 25, 2012
dramaticallyawesome asked: I’m not sure I can say that you’re comforting. You made my friend cry, and that’s not fair. She wasn’t trying to create a new myth, she was just making a story. People do that all the time. I can link you to a comic on deviantart that has some made up Norse myths, for example. It’s only offensive if you try to make it so. I don’t want to start anything; I just think that it’s not nice to make the teen cry, especially when it seems like you share similar views. (anti oppression, car singer, etc.)

bossymarmalade:

Did I give the impression I was trying to comfort her?  Comforting people who refuse to engage with their own racist behaviour isn’t on my list of priorities.

Keep your links.  I don’t give a damn about some random deviantartist who decided to invent Norse myths.  A white person who decides to invent a demonic Hindu creature is not “just making a story”; they are engaging in a long tradition of white colonization, co-opting, and appropriation of Hindu culture.

 It’s only offensive if you try to make it so.”

That is a patently ridiculous thing to say.  The whole construction of “offense” as something that people choose to feel is ridiculous, trivializing, and insulting.  I didn’t MAKE her post her racist drawing, I didn’t MAKE her respond with such callous disregard.

Your friend found my response to her to be offensive.  Does that mean she made it so?  What kind of double standards are you proposing exactly?

As for “making the teen cry”, I can’t even take that seriously.  Being told that she did something racist is the worst thing in this whole situation, right?  Far worse than her actually DOING something racist, of course.  

If your friend truly believes in anti-oppression, she would understand that she shouldn’t help herself to the cultures of people she has a lot of privilege over and is not a part of.  She would do some research in order to present her ideas in a respectful and non-harmful manner.  If she falls down on this, when called out by a member of that group, she would listen to their critique, apologize, and try not to do it again.  She would attempt to grasp that it’s not just one little doodle; it’s one more fucking cavalier insult built upon hundreds of years of oppression, misrepresentation, and cultural appropriation.  She would understand that she has caused pain in this exchange and that her tears are just another disgustingly common way that white women who have fucked up attempt to make themselves the victim of any situation.

Am I clear enough?  Your friend has already, due to my “rudeness”, decided that she will never ever EVER bother to research the peoples and cultures she co-opts.  Is that fair?

LOLOL I love how dramaticallyawesome UNIRONICALLY compares playing in Norse mythology to playing with a real, living, existing religion. A religion of over a billion people.  But I guess those people don’t matter, and so their religion is actually just some fun mythology for her artist friend to play around in.    

Young artists really need to understand that being an ‘ARTIST’ does not exempt them from the real world. Their thoughts and actions have consequences just like everyone else.  Being an ARTIST is not a free pass to Ignorant Happy La la Magicland.  In fact, being an ARTIST means you should be even more sensitive/aware of your world than the plebians around you.  As an ARTIST, that’s YOUR responsibility to investigate and process and think. As an ARTIST.

November 26, 2011
slumdog millionare

beyondcloudnine:

fujicucumber:

tried watching it… watched it for a very long time.. but I just didn’t have the desire to finish it.

My dislike for India has only grown. the people there are disgusting in how they treat each other. wth.

whadahell…

Thank you, Danny Boyle: for making this film in all your smug British Empire white supremacy and then unleashing it onto millions of ignorant fools who are more than willing to swallow your racist ideals.

(via dr-erland)

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November 23, 2011
GTA woman has niqab pulled off in assault

jogi-nachle:

A Muslim woman from Mississauga, Ont., who had her niqab pulled from her face at a local mall, says her young children no longer feel secure with only her nearby.

Kadri was shopping with her three-year-old son and two-year-old daughter when she was approached by two women. One of the women began swearing at her, about her religion and her veil, telling her, “Leave our country. Go back to your country,” Kadri said.

The woman can be seen in the video grabbing Kadri’s veil and pulling her off-camera. The attacker walked away while Kadri ran for help.

The accused, Rosemarie Creswell, pleaded guilty after the video was played in court.

When CBC News spoke to Creswell on the phone, she admitted to pulling off the veil but insisted it was all just a misunderstanding, before hanging up mid-interview.

Kadri believes the attack was motivated by hate, which could bring a stiffer sentence.

Y’know what’s really sad is that there are probably (supposedly open-minded, supposedly anti-racist, supposedly liberal) people out there who will try to argue that this attack wasn’t a hate crime/ that Kadri was over-reacting/ that it really was just a misunderstanding. 

Go Canada, eh.

(Source: rabbrakha, via khudgarzi)

November 23, 2011
[image: scan from book written in 1912, where the two characters exclaim over how cute it is to call chocolate fudge ‘pickaninny fudge’.]
bossymarmalade:

- The Mary Frances Cookbook, by Jane Eayre Fryer (Philadelphia, 1912)
Please note that at no point in the summary do they mention that the book has racist elements; it’s a “beautiful” book with a “lovely story line” that modern readers should “simply enjoy”.
It never ceases to bemuse me that, as a chromatic woman, white/Western people admire me for voraciously reading old-fashioned books and classic English literature — without understanding how much it costs me every time I digest these references to “heathen Hindoos” or “pickaninnies” or “rat-eating Chinee” and how long it’s taken me to vomit them from my system.
My relationship with white books is so often a mirror of my relationship with white people; I build up a devotion to them, these antique cookbooks and Sherlock Holmes stories and Louisa May Alcott novels, and then as I’m happily reading along I suddenly discover that my admiration is decidedly not mutual and this is what they think of me.  Things are never quite the same after that.

[image: scan from book written in 1912, where the two characters exclaim over how cute it is to call chocolate fudge ‘pickaninny fudge’.]

bossymarmalade:

- The Mary Frances Cookbook, by Jane Eayre Fryer (Philadelphia, 1912)

Please note that at no point in the summary do they mention that the book has racist elements; it’s a “beautiful” book with a “lovely story line” that modern readers should “simply enjoy”.

It never ceases to bemuse me that, as a chromatic woman, white/Western people admire me for voraciously reading old-fashioned books and classic English literature — without understanding how much it costs me every time I digest these references to “heathen Hindoos” or “pickaninnies” or “rat-eating Chinee” and how long it’s taken me to vomit them from my system.

My relationship with white books is so often a mirror of my relationship with white people; I build up a devotion to them, these antique cookbooks and Sherlock Holmes stories and Louisa May Alcott novels, and then as I’m happily reading along I suddenly discover that my admiration is decidedly not mutual and this is what they think of me.  Things are never quite the same after that.

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